Patong Travel Guide
Despite the hedonistic reputation and anything goes attitude in Patong, it does have a nice beach which has totally recovered from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Prices are higher in Patong than elsewhere in Phuket for most anything, including hotels, food and drink.
Bangla Road is the main hangout of a night in Patong where there are hundreds of bars, go-go bars, discos and massage parlours. Head for the south side of this street for the less in-your-face bars. The shopping on Beach Road is pretty good for t-shirts and beach attire but be sure to bargain hard. There are many dive operations in Patong.
Getting There & Away
Taxi is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Patong from Phuket International Airport, with journeys taking about 45 minutes - walk out of the airport gates and pick up a meter taxi to save money. Shared minibuses also make the journey. Phuket Town is the nearest major town to Patong, 20 minutes over a hill, and is 40 minutes from Phuket International Airport.
Things to Do
- Patong nightlife
Is the main attraction in patong, with people coming from all over the island to party and see the resort’s girls.
- Patong Beach
Not the most stunning on the island but nice nonetheless, with white sand, numerous umbrellas and makeshift eateries, and backed by a clean promenade.